101 Brewing Guides

Brewing 101 With CHEMEX®

How to Brew the best cup you have every time you have it

Like all good things, full flavor takes time — and your own special touch. The CHEMEX® Coffeemaker delivers only the elements essential to rich coffee flavor, so that your personal taste and approach shine through.


Step 1: Get into the grind

Select your favorite whole bean coffee you want to enjoy and grind it to medium coarse ground.

Optional Tip: We suggest using a burr grinder because it delivers a more consistent particle size, allowing for a more even extraction and fuller bodied cup of coffee.

Step 2: Filter up

Open a CHEMEX® Bonded Coffee Filter into a cone shape so that one side of the cone has three layers, and place it into the top of the CHEMEX® brewer. The thick (three-layer) portion should cover the pouring spout.

Optional Tip: Dampen the filter with warm water to rinse and preheat the brewer. Once the water has drained through the filter completely, pour it out of the brewer while keeping the filter sealed against the coffeemaker wall.

Step 3: The scoop

Put one rounded tablespoon of ground coffee for every 5 oz. cup into the filter cone. Feel free to use more if you prefer it stronger; our CHEMEX® brewing process eliminates bitterness.

Tip: On all brewers except the pint size model, the “button” indicates the carafe is half filled and the bottom of the wooden collar/spout indicates it's full. On the pint size brewer, the button is the full marker.

Step 4: Let it bloom

Once you have brought the appropriate amount of water to a boil, remove it from the heat and allow it to stop boiling vigorously.
Pour a small amount of water over the coffee grounds to wet them, and wait for about 30 seconds for them to “bloom”, releasing the most desirable coffee elements from the grounds.

Optional Tip: Perfect brewing temperature is about 200°F.

Step 5: First pour

After the grounds bloom, slowly pour the brewing water over the grounds while keeping the water level well below the top of the CHEMEX® (quarter inch or more).

Step 6: Brew on

Slowly pour the remaining water over the grounds, using a circular or back-and-forth motion as you pour to ensure an even soaking of the grounds.

Step 7: Toss the filter

Once the desired amount of coffee is brewed, lift the filter with spent grounds out of the brewer and discard.

Step 8: Enjoy the perfect cup

Pour your freshly made coffee into your CHEMEX® mug and indulge in the flavor.

Stay warm

In order to keep your coffee warm you may place the CHEMEX® directly on either a glass stove top or gas flame both at low heat. If you have an electric coil stove top, you must utilize the CHEMEX® stainless steel wire grid (TKG) in between the CHEMEX® and the coils to prevent breakage. Be sure that there is a small amount of liquid in the carafe before placing it on a warm heating element.

Keep it clean

A carefully cleaned and handled CHEMEX® brewer will give you a lifetime of service. Remove the wooden handle and continue to hand wash with warm soap and water, or place the coffeemaker securely in the dishwasher.


A Perfect Pairing

The blending of art and science doesn't end with the CHEMEX® coffeemaker. Our CHEMEX® 2-Quart Water Kettle achieves the perfect brewing temperature with functional elegance. Made from heavy-walled heat-resistant glass, our flat-bottomed kettle will ensure a delightful boiling and brewing process. The unique silicone stopper keeps the brewed water at peak temperature while venting steam, so the neck stays cool to the touch for safe handling.

Warning: Do not place the CHEMEX® Water Kettle directly on an electric coil stove top. For use with an electric coil stove top we recommend using our CHEMEX® stainless steel wire grid (TKG) between the kettle and the coils to prevent breakage and personal harm.

FRENCH PRESS 101 – Using the BODUM®

Brewing the best cup every time.
The French press, also known as coffee press or coffee plunger is a coffee brewing device patented by Italian designer Attilio Calimani in 1929. Although the first press was made and used in France, it’s popularity grew with the introduction of the BODUM® by the similarly named Danish kitchenware company. It works best with coffee of a courser grind and provides a fuller bodied taste profile with a more pronounced mouth feel. French press coffee is more dense and heavy yet has its own sort of elegance. It is important to not allow the coffee to steep in the hot water for longer than the recommended time period (3.5-4.5 minutes); otherwise it will create a bitter and astringent taste experience. As with all coffee brewing methods; weights, measures, grind size and timing are all critical to creating an elevated coffee experience. Of course, let’s not forget the high quality fresh roasted coffee bean!
Step 1: Open the press
Place the pot on a dry, flat, non-slip surface. Hold handle firmly, then pull the plunger unit straight up and out of the pot.
Step 2: Measure up
Recommended water to coffee grounds ratio is 16:1, depending on the size of press you are using. For the BODUM® Chambord please see specs shown above. For the most popular sized 8-cup press, use 53g of coffee and 850ml of hot water.
Step 3: The grind
Place the press on a heat proof, non-slip surface and pour in the coffee grinds. Ensure that you freshly grind your selected coffee course. If you use too fine a grind, you can clog the filter and create high pressure.
Step 4: Add Hot Water and set timer
Pour the hot water in slowly (between 195 and 200 degrees Celsius). If you don’t have a thermometer, it is usually 1 minute after full boiling point is reached. Make sure you leave a minimum of 1-inch space at the top. It is IMPORTANT to pour in a SLOW and controlled manner. When finished pouring set timer between 3.5 and 4 minutes.
Step 5: Stir and position plunger top
As there may be some clumped coffee grounds or coffee not making contact with the water, a gentle stir of the top few inches will help this. Place the plunger on top of the glass press but DO NOT press down yet. This will help retain the heat. Wait for timer to reach desired brew time.
Step 6: Take the Plunge – Press down SLOWLY
Slowly press down the plunger. Be gentle. Slow and steady. It should have some resistance but not too much. If you find it not going down, stop and pull up ever so slightly and then continue down again. To minimize getting grit into your brew, stop the plunger about 1/2” to 1” from the bottom. This is the space where the coffee grounds now reside.
Step 7: Pour the Coffee
It is important to pour the coffee into the serving glassware immediately or into a serving pot. If the coffee grounds are left to steep longer, the taste will be adversely affected.
Step 8: Cleaning
Unscrew the filter assembly and clean the plunger after each use. All parts are dishwasher safe.